Security will be tight this weekend for St. Jude’s walk/run to end childhood cancer. The children’s research hospital is expecting 7,000 people on its campus for the fundraiser.
Richard Shadyac, Jr. is the CEO of ALSAC, St. Jude’s fundraising arm. He told FOX13 they met Wednesday morning to talk about a security plan in wake of the New Jersey and New York explosions last weekend.
He said the plan will include Memphis police and other organizations.
Shadyac said, “The safety of our participants is a paramount concern for us anytime we do any kind of event. We’ll have events going on across the country this weekend and will be meeting with local law enforcement…”
Shadyac said 180,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year. This fundraiser is one of the biggest for the Memphis-based hospital. They hope to raise more than a half-million dollars Saturday.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the leading private funder of pediatric cancer research, according to Shadyac. He said events like this help them to stay true to the promise that no family will ever receive a bill for treatment at St. Jude.
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